Not Just Cute, the Podcast is like listening to a conversation with your nerdy best friend. Who happens to be obsessed with child development. Each episode covers a different topic related to parenting, early childhood education, and healthy, whole child development in order to support teachers and parents in serving young children.
Episode 55: Finding Your Voice for Advocacy & Writing (with Rae Pica)
Rae Pica is a force. As a speaker, consultant, and the author of over 20 books in addition to articles in many popular publications, Rae Pica has been an outspoken voice for children and childhood for more than 4 decades. Constant in that career has been her passion for protecting childhood and calling others to action.
In this episode, she’s talking with me about her newest book on advocating for children and for the early childhood profession, and also giving us a peek into her writing process.
Whether you’ve been wondering about speaking up in your educational community or about taking your message to a wider audience in book form, you’re in the right place.
Find Show Notes at https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode55
Episode 54: Taking the Next Step for Your Program (with Shannon McGuire Bowman & Tara Beard)
Childcare Resources of Indian River in Vero Beach, Florida began with three tenacious educators going out of their way to create something better for 25 children. Today, the ripple effect of their efforts has grown into something that impacts 3000 children and still growing.
In this episode I’m talking with Childcare Resources’ executive director, Shannon McGuire Bowman as well as the director of the school that has grown out of that early program, Tara Beard. They’re sharing how one simple idea has grown into a robust community effort to serve children and families who would likely otherwise slip through the cracks.
This is one big story about taking the next small step.
Show Notes: https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode54
Episode 53: Whole Child Solutions to Brain Based Challenges with Dr. Nicole Beurkens
When holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole Beurkens attends to a brain-based challenge, she doesn't look only at the ways she could change the brain. She looks at the many things that impact the brain and starts there. Nutrition, sleep, environment, input. There's so much that contributes to the challenging behaviors we see -- and we have more control over many of them than we think we do!
If you're curious about how to create an environment that will help the developing brain work at its best, you'll love this episode!
Find Show Notes at: https://www.notjustcute.com/podcast/episode53
Episode 52: Beyond the 30 Million Words (with Dr. Rachel Romeo)
I'm talking with Dr. Rachel Romeo about her follow up research to Hart & Risley's famous 30 million word gap. She's sharing how language shapes development and why interactions matter beyond word counts.
Show notes and links at
Episode 51: The Legacy of Fred Rogers (with Dr. Dana Winters)
In this episode, I’m talking with Dr. Dana Winters, executive director of the Fred Rogers Institute about how the work of Fred Rogers continues today.
It's one of my favorites.
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Episode 50: Rethinking the Entire Approach to Preschool (Diving into the NPR Article)
Early last month, NPR published an article with the title, “A top researcher says it's time to rethink our entire approach to preschool”. Maybe you saw it, or like me, maybe you had several people send it to you because they knew you’d find it fascinating.
The article featured developmental psychologist and researcher Dr. Dale Farran and her reflections on the most recent round of startling outcomes from the Tennessee Voluntary PreK cohort, which she and her colleagues at Vanderbilt University have been studying for more than a decade. The article struck a nerve, particularly its last line which said, “We might actually get better results, … from simply letting little children play.”
In this episode, I’ll be diving into some of the context around this article and the study it references. We’ll talk about what we can learn from these results and why these lessons apply far beyond the scope of the popular article.
Show Notes: https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode50